Harrison County Inmate Roster – 10-20-20

Lowhorn, Lori

OWI .15 or higher
Criminal recklessness

Wilke, Alexandnie 
Poss of meth

Scott, Gregory 
VOP Poss of meth

Fowler, Christophere

Washington County Inmate Roster – 10-20-20

October 19

Washington County Sheriff’s Department

Dakota Lee Bowling, 24, Fredericksburg

  • Battery – resulting in bodily injury

Jimmy L. Storms, 26, Salem



Emil L. Kay Jr., age 84, of Nashville

Mr. Emil L. Kay Jr., age 84, of Nashville, Indiana, passed away Saturday, October 17 at IU Health in Bloomington.

Mr. Kay was born June 23, 1936 in Pekin, Indiana the son of Emil Kay Sr. and Mabel Sullivan Kay.  He was a retired butcher and former owner of Daily Grind Coffee House in Nashville.  He was a member of Pikes Peak Church of Christ in Brown County.

Emil married Marilyn Axsom on June 23, 1956.  He is survived by his wife:  Marilyn Kay of Nashville, a son:  Jonathan Kay of Nashville, three daughters:  Gina Klein of Vallonia, Geri Cowell of Bloomington, and Jennifer Campbell of Lufkin, Texas, two sisters:  Linda Chesser of Willisburg, Kentucky and Melva Fleming of Nashville, Tennessee, two sisters-in-law:  Mary Jane Kay and Carol Kay, 10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers:  Marvin Kay, Willis Kay, and Larry Kay and his parents.

Services will be private at a later time.

Elvin Gray, age 70 of Salem

Elvin Gray, age 70 of Salem, Indiana passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 8:17 pm, in Ascension St. Vincent Salem Hospital.

Born December 17, 1949 in Haylesburg, Indiana, he was the son of Tom Gray and Mary Jane (Nolan) Gray.

On May 18, 1974 he married Connie J. (Nicholson) Gray. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Salem and retired in 2012 after 41 years with Cummins Inc. in Seymour, Indiana.

He had been a resident of Washington County for most of his life and graduated from Salem High School in 1967.

Survivors include:
Wife: Connie J. (Nicholson) Gray
Son: Jason (Carol) Gray of Salem, Indiana;  
Daughter: Amanda (Mike) Bierly of Memphis, Indiana;

Sister: Ollie Knotte of Seymour, Indiana;  

Brother: Bill (Margie) Nolan of Seymour, Indiana;  
Brother: Denver (Wanda) Gray of Vallonia, Indiana;  
Brother: Raymond (Rita) Gray of Vallonia, Indiana;  
Brother: Ronnie (Sheila) Gray of Vallonia, Indiana;  
Brother: Melvin (Donna) Gray of Vallonia, Indiana;  
Brother: Carl Wayne Gray of Vallonia, Indiana;  
Brother: Tommy (Wanda) Gray of Vallonia, Indiana.  
Sister: Alene (Norm) Davis of Seymour, Indiana;  
Sister: Nadene (Estelle) Bowman of Vallonia, Indiana;  

He is also survived by two grandchildren.

Virtual Visitation: 1 to 2 pm Saturday  

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Virtual Funeral Service:  
2:00 pm Saturday with Eddie Sinkhorn officiating.  

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High School Basketball Gets New Guidance from IHSAA

New guidance was released today from the Indiana High School Athletic Association for winter sports – including girls and boys high school basketball with up to 500 fans in attendance.

The guidance was also presented for gymnastics, swimming and diving as well as wrestling. 

According to the IHSAA guidance, spectators should always observe social distancing and wear mask/face coverings. 

According to Jason Wille, Sports Information Director of the IHSAA, the plan was presented to the Indiana State Health Department and approved. 

The 2019 Class 3A State Runners Up Salem Lady Lions are set to open their season on Nov. 6 at Clarksville. 

Their first conference game would be at Eastern High School on Nov. 20. 

The Lady Musketeers are set to open their season against Borden on Nov. 6. 

The Lady Senators will face Linton-Stockon in their season opener on Nov. 7. 

Locally, boys basketball will open play in the annual Thanksgiving game between Salem and West Washington in Brooks Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday, Nov. 25. 

The Eastern Musketeers open play with Borden’s boys’ team on Tuesday, Nov. 24. 

WSLM will broadcast the games on 97.9 FM and 1220 AM as well as stream them online. 

The IHSAA said fans at ballgames would be allowed at the discretion of the host school with guidance from local health officials and in accordance with the governor’s stage 5.

IHSAA noted on its website this afternoon that organizers of events with more than 500 people in attendance will be required to submit a plan to the local health department that outlines measures to mitigate COVID-19. 

The National Federation of State High School Associations along with the IHSAA posted recommendations that were listed today at IHSAA.org.

Pre-game Protocol (2019-2021 NFHS Officials Manual, page 16, 1.8)

  • Limit attendees to the referee and the head coach from each team with each coach standing on the center circle on each side of the division line.
  • All individuals maintain a social distance of 6 feet or greater at the center circle.
  • Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pre-game Conference.

Team Benches (NFHS Rule 1-13-1)

  • Limit the number of bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.
  • Place team benches opposite the spectator seating.
  • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.
  • Create separation between the team bench and the spectator seating behind the bench.
  • Limit contact between players when substituting.
  • Personnel not in the game should adhere to any required local/state face-covering requirements.

Officials Table (NFHS Rule 2-1-3)

  • The host should sanitize the table before the game and at half time.
  • Place officials table sufficiently away from the sideline to allow for additional space for substitutes.
  • Limit seats at the table to essential personnel which includes home team scorer and timer with a recommended distance of 6 feet or greater between individuals. Other
    personnel (visiting scorer, statisticians, media, etc.) may not be deemed essential personnel and consider an alternate location for them.
  • Table personnel should adhere to any required local/state face covering requirements.
  • Pre and Post Game Ceremony
  • Suspend the pre-game introduction handshakes.
  • Suspend post-game protocol of shaking hands.

Basketball Rules Interpretations – Equipment and Accessories

  • Balls given to officials in the locker room, where it is sanitized as recommended by the ball manufacturer and not used for warm-ups.
  • The host school should ensure that the ball is sanitized during time-outs and between quarters.
  • Sanitizer should be provided by the host team at the table.
  • Cloth face coverings are permissible for players.

Officials Uniform and Equipment

  • Long-sleeved shirts are permissible.
  • Officials should not be required to wear jackets during pre-game court/player observation.
  • Electronic whistles are permissible (supplies are limited).
  • Choose a whistle whose tone will carry inside.
  • Cloth face coverings are permissible.
  • Gloves are permissible.

Other Considerations

  • The official may stand 6 feet or greater away from the player making the throw-in and bounce
  • the ball to that player on a frontcourt throw-in.
  • The lead official shall stand on the end line and bounce the ball to the free-throw shooter

Cloth Face Coverings

Per the State of Indiana’s order, face masks have been mandated for all not engaged in strenuous activity. Participants not competing, Coaching staff members, officials table personnel, and spectators should wear a mask at all times.

Considerations for Coaches

  • Communicate guidelines in a clear manner to student-athletes and parents.
  • Conduct workouts in “pods” of the same student-athletes always training and rotating together in practice to ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection.
  • Keep accurate records of those student-athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed.

Considerations for Parents

Make sure student-athlete and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition, if there is doubt stay home!

  • Provide personal items for student-athlete and clearly label items.


The Cincinnati Reds today announced that Vice President, General Manager Nick Krall will head the team’s baseball operations department.

Krall will assume the duties previously held by President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams, who resigned on October 7.

“We are excited for Nick to assume the lead over our baseball operations,” said Reds CEO Bob Castellini. “His hands-on approach as General Manager gives us the opportunity to reinstate that role as the top position in our baseball department and keep the years of hard work that happened under his purview producing stronger, more competitive teams.” 

Krall spent 15 years working alongside Williams, including the last 3 seasons as general manager.

He is involved in all aspects of the day-to-day Major League operations, including administration, arbitration, contract negotiations, rules and waivers compliance and player acquisitions while overseeing the Reds’ scouting, analytics and player development departments.

The 2021 season will be Krall’s 19th in the organization. He was hired by the Reds in 2003 to oversee the team’s advance scouting preparation.

In 2008, he was promoted to Assistant Director of Baseball Operations, a position he held until 2013, when he was promoted to Director of Baseball Operations.

In 2014, Krall became Senior Director of Baseball Operations and served in that capacity until he was promoted to Assistant GM in November 2015.

During the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Krall worked for the Oakland Athletics in various departments, including baseball operations. He joined the A’s after an internship with the New Jersey Cardinals of the New York-Penn League.

Fatal Crash in Dubois County

Friday night at approximately 6:35 PM EST, the Indiana State Police and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle vs. utility tractor crash in northern Dubois County.

The crash occurred on County Road 675 North, west of Portersville Rd near the address of 4288 West 675 North. Preliminary investigation shows that at the time of the crash, Ruth A. Meyer, 60, of Jasper, was operating her lawnmower when she entered the roadway from the south into the path of a black 1996 Chrysler LHS driven by Joann T. Voelkel, 62, who was traveling west on County Road 675 North.

Voelkel was unable to avoid collision and struck the utility tractor. Ruth A. Meyer was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the crash.

A preliminary investigation shows that alcohol or drugs did not contribute to this crash. The crash is still under investigation by the Indiana State Police.


Global Cup USA 2021 Joins World Finals 2021 in Las Vegas

In the lead-up to the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Finals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (Nov. 12-15), the bull-riding organization has announced its 2021 schedule, including 24 stops on the elite Unleash The Beast (UTB) tour as well as the plan for Global Cup USA 2021.

PBR will begin the 2021 season on January 9-10 at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia.

“For the first time in almost 15 years, our elite series’ season will start in Georgia. We want to thank our loyal fans who couldn’t attend the event last March for their patience and welcome them back,” said PBR Commissioner Sean Gleason. “We’re excited to bring fans another full season of bull riding with comprehensive protocols in place for safe events.”

Throughout the 2021 season, PBR will continue to commit to providing a safe environment for fans, athletes, employees, and crew by working with its venue partners to implement industry-leading protocols for holding live events while following health guidance from local and state officials for each event.

The premier series tour’s 23 other stops are highlighted by stalwart events such as the sport’s 15th year returning to New York City in Madison Square Garden, April 30 – May 2.

Other fan favorites return as well, including the 26th consecutive year in Billings, Montana, on January 22-24, the 17th consecutive year in Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 31-August 1, and the 18th year in in Sacramento on August 6-8.

Following the success of PBR Global Cup USA in Arlington in 2018 and 2019, the world’s leading western sports league is bringing its nation vs. nation competition to Las Vegas for the first time, with Global Cup USA 2021 heading to T-Mobile Arena on April 16-17.

The Top 35 riders and rankest bulls in the world will also storm into cities long awaiting the return of “America’s Original Extreme Sport.”

The first visit to New Orleans in over a decade is set for March 6-7 inside Smoothie King Center. Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) was the last rider to strike pay dirt in the Big Easy, in 2010. Indianapolis has been waiting for bulls to buck into town since 2012, when Fabiano Vieira (Perola, Brazil) and Asteroid bested the rest of the competition.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will host the UTB tour February 13-14. Little Caesars Arena – the 2018 Sports Facility of the Year – will host the premier series’ first visit to Detroit since 2012 on September 24-25. Three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (Pilar do Sul, Brazil) used the 2012 stop to pick up a victory on his march to his second-straight World Championship.

PBR World Finals returns to its Las Vegas home in T-Mobile Arena, November 3-7. The 2021 PBR World Champion – the bull rider who earns the most world standings points during the season – will receive the coveted gold World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus. 

The complete UTB Beast schedule for 2021 can be found here.  All events are subject to change.

Nursing Homes Warn of Third Spike of COVID Cases Due to Community Spread

With COVID cases increasing in 38 states, industry leaders call on public health officials to ensure nursing homes have the resources needed and for Congress to pass additional funding 

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released a report today showing nursing homes in the U.S. could see a third spike of increasing new COVID cases due to the community spread among the general population.

Currently, there have been no Covid-19 cases among residents at Salem Crossing and Meadow View Healthcare in Salem. 

Recent data released by John Hopkins and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) show that with the recent spike in new COVID cases in the general U.S. population, weekly nursing home cases rose in late September for the first time in seven weeks after new cases dropped significantly throughout August and early September.

According to John Hopkins, COVID cases in the general U.S. population rose by 62,139 cases per week in late September correlating with an uptick in nursing home cases during the week of September 27.

As experts have repeatedly noted, COVID-19 cases in a surrounding community is a top factor in outbreaks in nursing homes. Dr. David Grabowski, Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School recently stated, “The strongest predictor of whether or not we’ll see cases in [a particular setting] is community spread.”

“The number one factor in keeping COVID out of our nursing homes, so we can protect our vulnerable population is reducing the level of the virus in the surrounding community,” stated Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL.

“While the support we have received from Congress, the Administration and other public health agencies have helped our facilities fight this battle, we could still see another wave of COVID cases caused by the sheer volume of rising cases in communities across the U.S. given the asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread of this virus.”

The report showed new COVID cases in nursing homes had declined significantly from 10,125 cases the week of July 26 —when the country experienced a growing number of cases in the Sun Belt states—but saw an uptick in new cases in the final week of September.

The report also showed COVID-related deaths in nursing homes had declined significantly, but industry leaders remain concerned about the recent uptick in new COVID cases in facilities.

With new COVID cases now rising in the general population of 38 states, Parkinson said now more than ever Congress needs to end the partisan logjam and prioritize frontline health care workers and residents, particularly vulnerable elderly populations.

Most of the $175 billion Provider Relief Fund provided by the CARES Act back in April has already been distributed and Parkinson said health care providers, including long term care facilities, will need additional funds to continue its response to the COVID pandemic heading into the cold and flu season, which provides new challenges.

“Without replenishing funds for federal and state agencies, health care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living communities, could find themselves less than completely prepared for the challenges of the upcoming winter season, which could inevitably result in an uptick in new COVID cases,” stated Parkinson.

“Without adequate funding and resources, the U.S. will repeat the same mistakes made during the initial outbreak last spring and the major spike over the summer. We need Congress to prioritize our vulnerable seniors and their caregivers in nursing homes and assisted living communities, bypassing another COVID funding package before they leave town for the elections.”

For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org/coronavirus.

Floyd County Extends Mask Mandate Through Dec. 31

The Floyd County Health Department has extended its mask mandate for residents until the end of the year. 

“The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to plague our community”, said Dr. Tom Harris, Health Officer of the FCHD. “However, we are seeing signs of decreasing rates.”

Floyd County had 82 Covid-19 cases in 3 days along with the rest of the state of Indiana.

Harris noted that the Governor has opened up more restrictions and moved to Stage 5.

“There is currently no vaccine to prevent the illness,” he said in a news release. “Measures such as hand hygiene, facial coverings, and social distancing are the most effective strategies to reduce the spread from infected persons to noninfected persons.”

Therefore, to protect public health and simply save lives, restrictions must be extended to assist in the reduction of COVID-19 transmission, and avoid an increase in new cases.

“With this understanding, as the Floyd County Health Officer, I hereby order a facial covering mandate extension, pursuant to Indiana Code 16-20-1 et seq. and 16-41-9 et seq. The order will remain in effect until midnight, 31 December 2020,” said Harris.

The order may be extended depending on pandemic conditions.
Every individual must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth when they are at:

  • An indoor area open to the public including public transportation
  • A private indoor or outdoor area where a social distance of six (6) feet from individuals outside their households cannot be maintained
  • An outdoor public area where a social distance of six (6) feet from individuals outside their household cannot be maintained
  • An enclosed public space or place of business.
  • A properly worn facial covering fully covers the individual’s mouth and nose fits snuggly against the sides of the face with no gaps, is secured to prevent slipping, and allows for breathing with no
  • All face coverings that are not disposable should be washed each day before reuse.
  • An adult should supervise the use of facial coverings by children age three (3)-twelve (12) to avoid misuse. The use of masks by all school-aged children continues to be very strongly recommended.

Exceptions to the policy include, but are not limited to:

  • Any child age two (2) or less
  • Any individual in respiratory distress
  • Any individual who is hearing impaired and needs to remove facial coverings to communicate
  • Any individual who has been advised, in writing, by a primary care provider that wearing a facial covering is detrimental to the individual’s health.
  • Any individual who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the facial covering without assistance
  • Any individual who is directed to remove a facial covering by a law enforcement officer. Any employee engaged in work where a face covering would be deemed a hazard by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Any restaurant or bar customer while they are dining
  • Any individual not in an area open to the public and where a social distance of six (6) feet can be maintained from non-household members [Ex. A single person private office]

The intent of this order is to continue to provide a safe environment for all people in Floyd County, whether engaged in work, social, or everyday activities, by extending the use of facial coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This will protect public health in Floyd County. Nothing in this order reduces or eliminates the requirements imposed by the executive orders by Governor Holcomb or orders from other regulating governmental agencies.

This order is intended to be used to educate, encourage, and persuade people to wear facial coverings.

Citizens should continue to use frequent hand washing or sanitizing; maintain a minimum social distance of six (6) feet; avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; and most importantly, stay home and isolate yourself if you are sick.

“Floyd County has seen improvement in the overall index rates of illness”, notedHarris. “The index has dropped for the last 2 weeks from 8.9 to 5.1. However, the Floyd County Health Department has noted spikes in rates after reopening phases in the past; we hope to mitigate this by continuing the Mask Mandate until at least December 31st.”

The index had peaked at 20.9 in mid-April, and had dropped to 1.3 in late June.